Two communist MPs travelled to separatist´s region, stirred up Ukrainian protest.Posted at 6:01 pm on January 17, 2016 by Martin Straka
Donetsk – a capital of Donetsk region, photo by Vladimir Yaitskiy, licensed under the terms of the cc-by-sa-2.0.
Ukrainian foreign ministry protested as two Czech Communist MPs -Zdeněk Ondráček, who is a member of parliamentary committee for the control of the Security Information Service and Stanislav Mackovík, travelled to the unrecognised Donetsk People´s Republic controlled by pro-Russian separatist groups.
According to Ukrainian media, country´s diplomacy strongly protests against this visit. Both MPs crossed the borders from the Russian side, and, therefore, they entered the Ukrainian territory illegally. On top of that, Zdeněk Ondráček has already forbidden entry to the Ukraine. Also, the visit was not discussed with Ukrainian authorities.
According to Interfax-Ukraine press agency, the goal of the three-days visit of both MPs was to gather information about a humanitarian situation. Czech foreign ministry stated that it didn´t receive any official protest note, and the information was only presented on a web page of Ukrainian diplomacy, probably because both MPs realized their trip as a private action, not the official visit.
Ukraine´s statement is that this action is an expression of the lack of respect for Ukrainian sovereignty and is also in contradiction with the official stance of the Czech Republic and the European Union, which are condemning Russian aggression against Ukraine.
Deputy of the Communist Party, Jiří Dolejš, said that he has no detailed information about the case, and the party does not have any plan to comment it because the trip was a private action of Ondráček and Mackovík.